Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah

I loved this book by Ann Mah, a food and travel writer. Over the moon when her husband was appointed a diplomat in Paris, Mah was forced to come down to earth when he went to a post in dangerous Iraq instead, and she had to live in France alone.  Inspired by Julia Child, she remembered how she'd looked at a map of France and thought of travelling to different regions of the country to discover the recipes of each province.

She decided to take the opportunity to do this, so she travelled to Brittany to taste the delicious buckwheat crepes, Lyon where she found the secrets of Salade Lyonnaise, and many other areas of the country.  Mah takes readers on a delightful tour of the history of several French recipes and combines this with the poignant tale of how she coped with being alone in France.  She also includes the recipes.  I'm not much of a cook, but most of the recipes don't look difficult.  I'll definitely try the steak one!


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